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Single Pitch Self Rescue

Having the knowledge and skills to assist a stuck or injured climber off a climb is an important hallmark to being a responsible independent outdoor rock climber. The scope of the Single Pitch Self Rescue course is limited to the single pitch environment and focuses on basic assistance and rescue skills. The course is a mix of ground and vertical school and is scenario-based with real simulated rescues. 




Pricing: $115/climber; min. of 4 climbers

Note: If there are less than 4 climbers, we can run the course with the below pricing schedule. Since we understand that the increase in price can be a barrier, refunds and rescheduling options are available for climbers who do not want to go on the trip with less than 3 climbers.

  • 3 climbers - $145/climber

  • 2 climbers - $175/climber

  • 1 climber - $275/climber

How to Book: A calendar with public dates are not available. Email or call us with your available dates. We will then match you with other climbers who have similar available dates. We're available weekends and weekdays​ and dates do not have to be consecutive.

Course Length: 1 day | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (8 hrs.)

Course Size: 1:6 guide-to-client ratio with a maximum number of 6 clients

Instructor: Instructed by a certified American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor

Course Location: Birdsboro Rock Quarry, a retired quarry that has been transformed into a Sport Climbing mecca and destination for mid-Atlantic climbers. Birdsboro, or "The Bird" for short, is one of Pennsylvania's most accessible Sport Climbing crags with nearly 150 routes that range in difficulty from 5.0 to 5.14. The rock climbing at The Bird start in 1993 and is currently maintained and funded by the Birdsboro Area Climbers Association.

Lodging Option: French Creek State Park (campgrounds, cottages, modern cabins, yurts) 

Special Note: The Single Pitch Self Rescue course is not certification a course

Recommended Experience:

  • Familiarity with the following climbing knots and hitches: figure 8 follow-through, figure 8 on a bight, double fisherman, clove hitch, prussic, auto block, klemheist. Please refer to for reference.

  • Solid top rope belaying technique 

  • Prior outdoor rock climbing and rappelling

Topics Covered

  • Weighted and un-weighted belay take overs and climber pickoffs

  • Counterbalance ascents and rappels

  • Ascending a rope

  • Lowering an injured climber

  • Escaping the belay

  • Passing the knot

  • Haul systems


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